Genovesa Island
Galapagos Islands Travel Guide

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Genovesa Island, Galapagos
This Island is also appropriately known as 'Bird Island' due to its outstanding bird watching opportunities. Genovesa is also a great site for snorkeling where you will more than likely bump into a Sea Lion or Hammerhead Shark which are often found in the surrounding waters.

Genovesa is a fairly flat island which contains a short walking trail allowing you to view colonies of birds such as Red Footed Boobies, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Red Billed Tropic Birds, Storm Petrels, Finches and Frigate Birds.

Darwin Bay
The islands volcano collapsed inwards leaving a horseshoe shaped bay with steep sides. This is one of the most striking locations for viewing seabirds who are here in their thousands and include Red, Blue and Masked Boobies, Frigate Birds and Storm Petrels.

The bay contains a coral beach where plenty of sea lions can be found resting along with the smallest species of Marine Iguana in the Galapagos who enjoy warming themselves up on the volcanic rocks within the bay.

From the bay there is a coastal trail where you will pass through Mangroves, Palo Santo trees and Cactus plants that are home to yet more birds.

Prince Phillip Steps
This steep set of natural rocks lead up the cliff to the side of an old volcanic crater. Once at the top of the steps which does have hand rails to assist your climb, you will be able to enjoy a fairly flat walk, viewing several birds nesting in Palo Santo trees such as Red Footed Boobies and in the rocky crevices Swallow Tailed Gulls as well as Storm Petrels who fly around during the day to feed and return to their nests at night to avoid predators.

Following the short walking trail you will also come across plenty of other birds such as several species of Finches and the Galapagos Dove.

The marine life is excellent around Prince Phillip Steps and it is possible to snorkel in this area, where you may find yourself swimming alongside Fur Seals, Galapagos Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks and Tropical Fish.